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itself from various angles. I was particularly interested in Beckett himself. At this
writing there are some 4 major biographies of Samuel Beckett. Three of these have
been published in the last year. At the time that I began my investigation of him in
1996 I had access to only one: SAMUEL BECKETT by Deirdre Bair. This became a
major source of both information and inspiration for me.
scholars. There is a feeling that Bair draws irresponsible conclusions about the
connection between Beckett's life and his works. I was aware of this contention and
so was willing to take much of the book with a grain of salt. However, the general
outline of Beckett's biography, and the relevance of his life to the text of ENDGAME
are both clear and indisputable.
well to do and fairly eccentric. Athletic and imposing, Beckett was also awkward
and socially maladjusted. His father died when he was twenty seven and his
relationship with his mother was difficult. The strain of dealing with his Mother
and later, his conflicted feelings regarding his homeland Ireland, often resulted in
illnesses and particularly painful boils.
between such existential pain and physical disability and pain are landscapes which
Beckett cut his teeth on. This all comes to play in ENDGAME where we see the
twisted remains of two couples, interacting with a brutal vocabulary. Beckett's early
life is particularly linked to the exchanges between Nagg